The BEST Episodes of Necessary Roughness

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2020

Network: USA Network

Necessary Roughness focuses on a tough, sexy Long Island divorcee (Callie Thorne) who gets a job as therapist for a professional football team in order to make ends meet. Underestimated at every turn, she succeeds beyond all expectations and soon finds herself an in-demand therapist to high-profile clients. Athletes, musicians, politicians and others living in the spotlight - all in a moment of crisis - clamor for her unique brand of tough love therapy. As a newly single mom raising two teenagers, her start-up practice wreaks havoc on her life. But recognizing that she's changing people's lives for the better, she is determined to make her new career work by striking a balance between her personal and professional worlds.


#1 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 29, 2011

Recently divorced, Dr. Dani Santino is assigned to be the new team therapist for the local pro football franchise, the New York Hawks.

star 8.05
610 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Craig E. Shapiro, Elizabeth Kruger
Goal Line

#2 - Goal Line

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 14, 2011

As the Hawks head into the playoffs, Dani takes on an unexpected new client and TK must face his biggest rival. Nico has to decide where his loyalties lie.

star 7.75
528 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Jeffrey Lieber, Scott Shapiro
Snap Out of It

#3 - Snap Out of It

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 10, 2013

Dani helps a self-help guru, Nolan, who doesn't believe in talk therapy. Meanwhile, TK has met his match in Sheera, and Nico gathers inside information on V3.

star 7.73
324 votes
Spell It Out

#4 - Spell It Out

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 25, 2012

A spelling bee whiz kid turns to Dani with a case of the st-st-stutters. Meanwhile, TK comes face-to-face with a problem he hoped was history, a league representative comes knocking on Nico's door, and Jeanette still hasn't told Augusto she's pregnant.

star 7.64
373 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Ildy Modrovich
Anchor Management

#5 - Anchor Management

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 6, 2011

Dr. Dani treats a news anchor whose career is on the chopping block following an on-air crack up. TK takes on the team when Matt won't clear him to play on Sunday. Lindsay dates a boy who seems too good to be true.

star 7.62
543 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Jeffrey Lieber, Tracy McMillan
Sympathy For the Devil

#6 - Sympathy For the Devil

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 21, 2013

Dr. Dani searches for her missing client as the V3 scandal comes to a head. Meanwhile, TK may be benched for the big game and Nico has a surprise visitor.

star 7.60
444 votes
Good Will Haunting

#7 - Good Will Haunting

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 24, 2013

Dani works with a fantasy writer; a sex tape scandal threatens TK's career. Meanwhile, Connor works on damage control and Nico has information that could shake up V3.

star 7.59
378 votes

#8 - Slumpbuster

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 27, 2012

Dani treats a baseball slugger who suddenly can't hit. Meanwhile, Pittman's antics get even stranger, TK's challenged to address the wound his shooting left behind, and Matt's bond with Ray Jay and Lindsay strains his relationship with Dani.

star 7.59
461 votes
Directors: Kevin Hooks
Writers: Chris Viscardi, Will McRobb
Wide Deceiver

#9 - Wide Deceiver

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 20, 2012

Dani's routine "psych eval" of a potential draft pick turns out to be anything but. Meanwhile, Pittman turns up the heat at the Combine, TK plays hooky in his old neighborhood, and Ray Jay's girlfriend annoys Dani to no end.

star 7.59
404 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Scott D. Shapiro
All The King's Horses

#10 - All The King's Horses

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 29, 2012

As the Hawks season opener nears, Dani, TK, and the team teeter on the precipice of disaster. Who will come crashing down?

star 7.58
495 votes
Bringing the Heat

#11 - Bringing the Heat

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 31, 2013

Connor asks Dr. Dani to resume a course of therapy with her very first V3 client. TK struggles to shake Sheera after their break-up. Nico continues to work behind the scenes for the FBI to investigate the scandal at V3.

star 7.56
326 votes
What's Eating You?

#12 - What's Eating You?

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 18, 2012

Dani treats a veteran Hawks linebacker's hefty problem. Meanwhile, TK turns up the heat on the rookie Damon Razor with a little mischief. And Dani's BFF, Jeanette, returns for a visit as Lindsay goes to a therapist.

star 7.56
400 votes
There's The Door

#13 - There's The Door

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 20, 2013

A secret surfaces and threatens to cause a scandal that could bring down the Hawks' entire season. Dani makes a decision regarding her feelings for Matt and Nico.

star 7.56
435 votes
Baggage Claim

#14 - Baggage Claim

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 7, 2011

A lifestyle media mogul's own lifestyle threatens her empire. Dani faces her first anniversary since the divorce. TK tries to figure out what he really wants in his love life.

star 7.55
563 votes
Writers: Colin Sweeney
A Wing and a Player

#15 - A Wing and a Player

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 31, 2011

Dani helps the Hawks’ and their suicidal mascot get over the playoff curse that’s haunted them for six years. Meanwhile, TK meets his match off the field, and Dani’s relationship with J.D. heats up.

star 7.55
537 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Mark A. Altman, Steven Kriozere
Sucker Punch

#16 - Sucker Punch

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 14, 2013

Dr. Dani trades punches with a championship boxer who wants to get back in the ring. TK seeks treatment at the V3 clinic while Nico follows a new lead that takes him to the clinic as well. Abby is brought into the V3 fold, but it’s unclear whose side she’s really on.

star 7.54
402 votes
Habit Forming

#17 - Habit Forming

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 20, 2011

Fullback Randy Boozler's rookie year will be his last if Dr. Dani can't figure out why he keeps failing to show up for practice. Meanwhile, sensitive information concerning Dani's patient is leaked and Matt is visited by an old friend with bad habits.

star 7.50
486 votes
Writers: Ildy Modrovich
V3 for Vendetta

#18 - V3 for Vendetta

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 17, 2013

Connor searches for the mole at V3 and Dani helps an accountant with a secret. Meanwhile, Paloma wants to get on the fast track and TK's relationship with Sheera heats up.

star 7.48
406 votes
Shrink or Swim

#19 - Shrink or Swim

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 6, 2012

The Hawks are facing problems before the football season even begins, the team's owner Marshall Pittman is getting divorced from his wife, who is trying to take control of everything. Meanwhile, Dr. Dani tries to hide her relationship with Matt while dealing with the IRS and unpaid taxes. And TK is trying to deal with getting shot in his own way, without any help from Dr. Dani.

star 7.48
438 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Craig E. Shapiro, Liz Kruger
Spinning Out

#20 - Spinning Out

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 13, 2011

Dr. Dani treats a NASCAR driver who can't get back behind the wheel after a crash. TK gets into a fight with the team's rookie wide receiver. Lindsay and RJ throw a party that gets out of hand.

star 7.47
517 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Craig E. Shapiro, Elizabeth Kruger
Losing Your Swing

#21 - Losing Your Swing

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 17, 2011

Dani treats a rising golf star with the "yips." TK gets a new therapist. A former professor of Dani's sparks her interest.

star 7.46
560 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Tracy McMillan
Regret Me Not

#22 - Regret Me Not

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 2013

Dani tries to unearth the cause of Quarterback Rex Evans' rage problem. Meanwhile, TK looks for help because he's getting worked on and off the field.

star 7.44
571 votes
Double Fault

#23 - Double Fault

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 22, 2012

Dr. Dani treats mixed-doubles tennis players who are all mixed up, on court and off. When something important is stolen from TK's apartment, Matt finds himself going toe to toe with TK's agent, Rob. Nico uncovers a major security breach at the Hawks. Ray Jay wants to supplement his college tuition. Jeanette's pregnancy panic comes to a head.

star 7.44
517 votes
Whose Team Are You On?

#24 - Whose Team Are You On?

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 10, 2011

When infighting among the players' wives and girlfriends goes viral, Dani must intervene. Meanwhile, Nico searches for a damaging video tape.

star 7.44
566 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Antoinette Stella
Poker Face

#25 - Poker Face

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 27, 2011

Professional poker play Jason Coogan wants Dani to uncover the "tell" that's destroying his career, but there's more to Coogan's problem than meets the eye. Meanwhile, the Hawks hire high-powered publicist Laura Radcliffe to improve TK's public image.

star 7.43
514 votes
Directors: David Grossman
Writers: Mark A. Altman, Steven Kriozere